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Understanding multiple aspects of present space with the help of future scenarios: the case of Izmir, Turkey
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2015 (English)In: Foresight, ISSN 1463-6689, E-ISSN 1465-9832, Vol. 17, no 6, 588-598 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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Purpose – This paper aims to make use of participatory scenarios to assess the multiple aspects of space with the help of future scenarios. Design/methodology/approach – This paper makes an attempt to appreciate multiple representations of space where past and present experiences merge with future desires and concerns. With the help of one case study, Izmir (Turkey), where a vision of democratic city is developed, the paper shows how future scenarios can provide deeper and richer appreciation of present space, thereby challenging existing spatial practices. Findings – The participatory approach used in the development of scenarios suggests interesting implications to operationalise a more relational concept of space in real planning strategies. Research limitations/implications – The use of scenarios in strategic planning to identify future possibilities and to make stakeholders aware of uncertainties has been increasingly recognised in planning research and practice. Practical implications – The appreciation of the multiple aspects of space with the help of future scenarios would enrich the spatial planning practice. Social implications – The use of participatory approach to preparing scenarios enables participants to make use of interactive method in social and political discourses. Originality/value – The use of scenarios to examine various aspects of space that may be relevant in spatial planning has not received similar attention. The latter poses methodological as well as practical challenges for researchers. This paper is an attempt to do just that.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015. Vol. 17, no 6, 588-598 p.
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Creative thinking, Decision-making, Democracy, Environmental management, Governance, Strategic planning
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Other Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-181203DOI: 10.1108/FS-09-2014-0057ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84944738415OAI: diva2:901987

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Available from: 2016-02-09 Created: 2016-01-29 Last updated: 2016-02-09Bibliographically approved

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